Wednesday, November 20, 2013

the best meal I ever had

Today I am still marking the transition from Method to my Madness to Eat, Drink, and Be Lauren by sharing the best meal I ever had with you.

The best meal I ever had was at e inside of Jaleo at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

You make reservations a month in advance and once they are confirmed, you get a gold ticket in the mail like Willy Wonka!

We went on Valentine's Day 2012, which is our dating anniversary. I call it our mortgage payment meal because yes, it was that expensive.

You have to have the full meal, which was 23 courses when we went. We told them I was allergic to shellfish and morally opposed to foie gras because I don't like either, but that sounded nicer. We had both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage pairing.

A potent cocktail in a perfume bottle was at every place and it was delightful | Drinking my perfume drink | Andrew was more comfortable with the perron.

It was a three hour meal that started at 10pm Texas time and lasted til almost 1am. The beverages were potent and I don't completely remember the final courses - I was tired, sated, and ready to be done.

The chefs almost dance as they prepare your food. There are two seatings per night, with eight people at each seating. You can ask any question you want and every dish and ingredient is explained to you in great detail. You can watch your meal as it's plated with tweezers. The attention to the plating is amazing, really.

White sangria in one spherified bite | a chicken "oyster" on chicken skin with rosemary foam - so memorable | flan with a granita of watermelon | bizcocho with a fruit-cream filling

I tried things I had never tried and learned where everything came from. The dishes were tiny but there were so many of them, I couldn't not be full. More than anything, watching my husband's eyes open wide at the description of every course was probably similar to watching a kid at Disney World for the first time - he was truly in his element. If you are ever tempted to go to e, I would love to talk you into it talk to you about it. It was most likely a once in a lifetime experience but so unique that I have nothing to compare it to. I would love to do it again, but told Andrew that we have to wait at least twenty years between trips...

19 comments:

  1. 23 courses? Daaaang! And you spray your drink in your mouth? I would be wary that someone was pranking me and there was actually perfume in there lol. Sounds like quite an experience for sure!

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  2. OMG THREE HOURS!?! ending at 1am??? i'm no foodie but that takes too long! however, if the food was incredible, then it's totally worth it...why can't they just do that at normal hours?

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  3. What an EXPERIENCE! I can only imagine! OOf. We've had some pretty dang expensive meals (the kind that you nearly cry when you get the bill and suddenly taste nothing but bile in your mouth instead of the wonderful delicious meal you just ate) but we haven't had one that was a mortgage payment...not yet anyway. I'm with Ari above--I'd totally think the perfume drink was a prank! How different!

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  4. Holy Moly I feel full just reading about it! Sounds incredible though!

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  5. Ive always wanted to visit Las Vegas more for the food/buffets than the gambling! So wow 23 courses? I would be so happy!

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  6. Wow I have never head of 23 courses but that sounds awesome!

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  7. This sounds like an amazing experience! I can't imagine 23 courses but it would be so fun to try all different things that you may never see again. What an experience!

    And now I am hungry.

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  8. 23 courses over 3 hours that cost a mortgage payment!?! Wow that is all I can think of to say. Just wow!

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  9. Wow that's awesome! I might get frustrated over the long wait, but it truly looks delicious!

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  10. morally opposed to foie gras lmao!

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  11. WHAT?! 23 courses?! I thought I read it wrong first haha!

    Sounds unbelievably good.

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  12. This is just so cool. It's so Vegas, and so you! But I'm curious - Did you starve yourself all day in order to be prepared for that much food and drink? And did you have a food hangover the next day? This place might be worth skipping a mortgage payment to go!

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  13. Okay, this is going on my bucket list now. Sounds like a once in a lifetime experience!

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  14. I am so intrigued by this! And I see that they have restaurants in DC too! :) Might have to put this on the list of dream things to do :)

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  15. Sounds amazing! I know my husband would love this.

    I recently asked this question to my students- it was interesting to hear their answers, but nothing compares to your meal!

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  16. I remember you mentioning this experience before! Sounds like the eating experience of a lifetime!

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  17. Ummm, SOLD! This sounds amazing. You had me at golden ticket! What a truly incredible experience that seems so freakin' fascinating!

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